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Poco M3 Pro 5G Review

    Poco M3 Pro 5G Review

    by
    Amaan
    Jun 25, 2021

    Introduction:

     

    Poco M3 Pro 5G is a smartphone that aims at providing 5G connectivity on a budget. While it seems like people will be searching for such a device, the handset is more than just a phone with 5G connectivity.

     

    The Poco M3 Pro 5G packs some great features, for a phone that fits your budget. The phone has a 6.5” 90Hz LCD display, Dimensity 700 chip with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, a triple camera with a 48MP primary shooter and a large 5,000mAh battery capable of 18W fast charging. The phone runs on Android 11 with MIUI 12.

     

     

    This might sound familiar since the phone is similar to the Redmi Note 10 5G, but with a different rear panel. The Redmi Note 10 5G has a matte plastic back and a small camera island while the Poco M3 Pro 5G has a glossy glass-like back with a huge black patch around the camera module.

     

    The Poco M3 Pro 5G is undoubtedly a good entry-level smartphone that’s cheaper than the Redmi Note 10 5G.

     

     

    Body161.8x75.3x8.9mm, 190g; Gorilla Glass 3 front, plastic back, plastic frame.
    Display6.50" IPS LCD, 90Hz, 400 nits (typ), 500 nits (HBM), 1080x2400px resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, 405ppi.
    ChipsetMediaTek MT6833 Dimensity 700 5G (7 nm): Octa-core (2x2.2 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55); Mali-G57 MC2.
    Memory64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM; UFS 2.2; microSDXC.
    Rear Camera

    Wide (main): 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm, 1/2.0", 0.8µm, PDAF;

    Macro: 2 MP, f/2.4;

    Depth: 2 MP, f/2.4.

    Selfie Camera8 MP, f/2.0, (wide).
    Video Capture

    Rear camera: [email protected];

    Front camera: [email protected]

    Battery5000mAh; Fast charging 18W.
    Operating SystemAndroid 11, MIUI 12.
    Misc.Fingerprint reader (side-mounted); FM radio; Infrared port; 3.5mm jack.

     

    Unboxing:

     

    The Poco M3 Pro 5G is shipped in the brand’s signature yellow box. Inside the box you’ll find the basic documentation, 22.5W charger and a USB-C-to-A cable.

     

     

    The box also carries a transparent silicone case with a protective cover over the charging port. The phone comes with a thin and cheap screen protector. It is good against scratches but not fingerprints and smudges. We recommend you remove it.

     

    Finally, there are a few stickers as well which you can stick wherever you like to show your love for the brand.

     

    Design:

     

    Although the specs of the Poco M3 Pro 5G are the same as the Redmi Note 10 5G, the design is completely different. The Poco M3 Pro 5G looks more premium on the back which is entirely different from its Redmi sibling.

     

    The back of the Poco M3 Pro 5G looks like glass, although it's plastic. There is no gradient, it's all glossy solid color - be it dark gray, yellow or blue.

     

     

    The camera island is the same but has an entirely different accent. There is a black strip that surrounds the camera module and the large Poco branding.The gloss back looks great but it is highly prone to fingerprints and smudges.

     

    The front is equipped with a 6.5” IPS LCD display which is protected by a flat piece of Gorilla Glass 3. There is a centre aligned punch hole which houses the 8MP selfie shooter.

     

    Above the front facing camera there is the earpiece grille, next to it is the hidden one of the ambient light sensors. There is no LED light to alert you about notifications, which you might be missing if you’re habituated to it.

     

    The other ambient light sensor is positioned on the camera setup, next to the flash. Although the flash looks like a dual-LED, you’re mistaken as it’s just a single bright LED.

     

    The camera island doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb and that’s why it doesn’t make the phone wobble much when placed on the table or any other flat surface. The camera island accommodates the 48MP primary snapper, the 2MP depth sensor, and the 2MP macro cam.

     

    Moving on to the frame, it is made of plastic and has the same paint as the back but with a matte finish, making it quite grippy. It is flat around the top and bottom with sides being a bit curved.

     

    The hybrid-SIM slot sits alone on the left. The right side is home to the power button and volume rockers. The power button also performs the functions of the fingerprint scanner.

     

     

    The top houses the 3.5mm audio jack, the second mic and the IR blaster. The bottom has the USB-C port, the primary microphone and the loudspeaker. There is no second speaker on the phone.

     

    The measurements of the phone are 161.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm and it weighs 190g.

     

    Display:

     

    The Poco M3 Pro 5G comes with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a small centre aligned punch hole for the selfie camera. The panel has 1080p resolution – 2,400 x 1,080 pixels – giving an output of 400ppi density and 20:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by a flat sheet of Gorilla Glass 3. The display supports 90Hz refresh rate but no HDR support here.

     

     

    There are two refresh rate options available – High (90Hz) and Standard (60Hz). The High setting is supposed to be dynamic, meaning it will switch automatically between 30Hz, 50 Hz, 60Hz and 90Hz based on the content being displayed.

     

    Xiaomi says that the phone is expected to have a contrast ratio of 1500:1. The company promises a  typical brightness of 400 nits and a maximum brightness of 500 nits. The phone does stay true to these numbers.

     

     

    In manual mode the maximum brightness goes up to 413 nits, but the outdoor mode can shoot the brightness as high as 536 nits. These numbers paired with an amazing deep black level, giving a superb contrast of 1475:1.

     

    The minimum brightness is impressively as low as 1.3 nits.

     

    Battery Life & Charging Speed:

     

    Under the hood there is a 5,000mAh battery that keeps the phone running. The phone has 18W fast charging support.

     

    The battery life of Poco M3 is excellent in our opinion, since it lasts 32:14h of calls, the phone can withstand a bit over 18 hours of web browsing and can survive for nearly 16:35 hours of video playback.

     

     

    Xiaomi is shipped with a 22.5W charger in the box but the phone maxes out at 18W. The charger is over-qualified for the job. It takes just half an hour for the battery to charge from 0% to 33%. In exactly 2 hours the phone charges back to 100%.

     

    Speaker:

     

    The Poco M3 Pro 5G has a loudspeaker at the bottom, and its loudness is pretty good compared to its 5G competitors.

     

    The quality of sound is good, it is at par with Redmi Note 10 5G. The output is richer compared to the other budget phones out there. The mid-tones and high-tones are well-presented. Overall, the speakers are really good.

     

    Performance:

     

    The Poco M3 5G is powered by MediaTek's Dimensity 700, the same one that powers the Redmi Note 10 5G and the Realme 8 5G. The chip packs a good octa-core processor with 2x 2.2GHz Cortex-A76 and 6x 2.0GHz Cortex-A55. The chip features Mali-G57 MC2 GPU and obviously a 5G modem.

     

     

    The chipset is coupled with LPDDR4x RAM and UFS 2.2 storage. The phone is available in two memory configurations – 4GB + 64GB and 6GB + 128GB.

     

    The performance is acceptable considering the chipset. The CPU seems to be perfect but the GPU may be a bit underpowered. Overall, the performance of the phone is great.

     

    Camera & Photo Quality:

     

    Rear Camera48MP (wide) OmniVision OV48B 1/2” sensor, 0.8µm pixels, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF
    2MP (macro) Hynix Hi-259, f/2.4 aperture, 1.75µm pixels, fixed focus at 4cm-5cm
    2MP (monochrome) Galaxy Core GC02M1B f/2.4 aperture
    Selfie Camera8MP (wide) OmniVision OV8856, 1/4” sensor, 1.12µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture, fixed focus

     

     

    Daylight image quality:

     

    Main Camera

    The main camera captures 12MP images by default (actual resolution is 4,000 x 2,992 pixels). For an entry-level phone the quality of images captured during the day are outstanding. The photos have plenty of detail and sharpness while keeping the noise to the minimum and mostly accurate colors. The dynamic range is pretty good, even though the Auto HDR was left on, it didn’t even trigger once.

     

    The rendering of foliage isn’t that great but we’ve seen a lot of other more expensive phones do worse with foliage, so we can say that Poco M3 Pro did better than we expected by far.

     

    There is a 48MP mode which captures some good shots and also does some software trickery. The images it captures are soft and quite noisy. The shots do look natural as they are less processed. We suggest you try playing with the high-res mode.

     

    Monochrome Camera

    The 2MP monochrome camera functions as a depth sensor. Thanks to this shooter the subject separation is spectacular, especially for a phone in this price segment. The simulated blur is lovable and we did love it.

     

    The color and contrast of the images is definitely worthy of appreciation, but the subject isn’t detailed as we had expected and so is the sharpness.

     

    Macro Camera

    The 2MP macro camera is capable of capturing some really great shots, provided you get the right distance as the focus is fixed at 5cm. Once you master the technique of getting your hand 5cm away from the subject, then you can capture images with good detail, colors and contrast. Of course, if the light conditions are ideal. If not, then the shot gets noisy and turns out to be worse.

     

     

    Low-light image quality:

    The main camera captures some great 12MP shots. The photos have a lot of detail, saturated colors which are true to life and good contrast. The images do have occasional blown highlights.

     

    These blown highlights can be rectified with the HDR, but at the cost of increased noise. We don’t think the exchange is worth it.

     

    The Night mode can also do the job of restoring the highlights but it will also brighten the photo. If you prefer it then you can go right ahead with it and keep using it.

     

    We did like the AI processing at night time. The images have more saturated colors and at the same time keeps the good qualities of the standard shooting mode. At times it may even brighten the shots a little, but if you like it you should definitely use it.

     

    Selfie:

    The 8MP selfie camera is capable of capturing some amazing shots. The resolved detail is more than satisfactory and abundant sharpness. The colors seem average with contrast is amazing and noise is low.

     

    The selfie portraits are very good, even though they are noisier. The subject separation is nowhere near epic, but it’s okay for its segment.

     

    Video Capturing:

     

    The Poco M3 Pro 5G is able to capture videos of quality up to [email protected] with its main camera and [email protected] with the macro shooter. There is no 4K support here and neither 60fps recording.

     

    The video bitrate is 20Mbps, while the audio is recorded in stereo at a high 256Kbps bitrate. The phone has Optical electronic stabilization (OIS) support.

     

    The video captured with the main camera has great colors, contrast and amazingly wide dynamic range. For a 1080p video the level of detail is average.

     

    Final verdict:

     

    Poco M3 Pro 5G follows the same recipe of Xiaomi for making good phones. The phone packs the best features and comes in at a reasonable price. You get a 90Hz display, quad camera setup on the back and a massive battery.

     

    The Poco M3 Pro 5G is not the fastest phone around but if you are looking to try the 5G connectivity then you might wanna check this phone out. This phone can also handle gaming pretty decently.